Exclusive: American Horror Story Season 3 Pits Jessica Lange Against... Kathy Bates!

American Horror Story Season 3 Kathy BatesAmerican Horror Story is ratcheting up the Misery in Season 3.

Oscar winner Kathy Bates is nearing a deal to join FX’s hit spookfest as a nemesis to Jessica Lange, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Bates will play the best friend of Lange’s new character, who turns into her enemy.

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Details on Horror Story‘s third season remain scarce, but series cocreator Ryan Murphy previously confirmed that Lange will play a “glamour cat leading lady,” in stark contrast to her gloomy Asylum wardrobe. Ryan also teased that the new season will be “more historical in nature” and take place in modern day. But just like past seasons, we will see different “time periods” and “there [will] also be different cities.”

Horror Story vets reuniting with Lange in Season 3 include Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Bates’ former Six Feet Under co-star Frances Conroy.

Bates is coming off a two-season run on NBC’s Harry’s Law.

Thoughts? Does the idea of a Lange-Bates showdown make your spine tingle? Got any new theories about the setting and premise of Season 3? Hit the comments!

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  1. yee haw! This should be the best season yet…love those two actors!

  2. carol says:

    can’t wait for the next season to start. think it will be the greatest with both Jessica and Kathy,both the best actresses around today. my favorite is still season one. sure hope they bring back Dylan..he is one heck of an actor…so intense in season 2!!!!

  3. liz says:

    When does the 3rd season begin and on what network please?? Thanks sooooo much!!

  4. Billie says:


  5. Billie says:

    ;-) :-) :-( :-?

  6. Bobby says:

    Love all the women cast so far and Evans great, but w Dylan and James Cromwell getting other roles and ZQ probably not coming back, I’m nervous the male cast could be seriously lacking especially since this seasons about girl power. How can there be girl power without some men for them to triumph over. Bring back Denis O’Hare and Ian McShane, and give us someone new and nice to look at and this season will be perfect…Oh and if they go w the lalaurie house New Orleans story I agree they need some good African American actors/actresses. Could be a chance for britne oldford to shine more if they brought her back and Alfre Woodard would be an excellent addition

  7. Tracy says:

    Well it’s been leaked a little … Kathy Bates has confirmed her role as Dalphine Lalaurie, a vert wealthy prominent woman who has known involvement with the torture and mass killing of slaves in New Orleans in 1834. So it’s voodoo in New Orleans!!!!!! So cool!!!!

  8. Nikki says:

    Oh wow…season 3 is gonna be AWESOME!!!! Can’t for October!!! :D

  9. (Can’t WAIT that is) See? I’m so anxious I’m skipping words! ;)

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  11. BriDeSi says:

    Season 1 was epic. Season 2 was good but lost its way a little bit. I’m sooo looking forward to Season 3 as it takes places in both Massachusetts and New Orleans (my two fave places). Also the historical references will be awesome. #LOVETHISSHOW